Category Archives: 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program

Welcoming a New Master Yoga Teacher

SWIHA would like to extend a warm welcome to a new Yoga Master Teacher, Stuart Rice, who will be instructing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training starting October 11, 2011 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program is designed to support all who wish to deepen their personal, spiritual connection through learning to master the principles and practice of Yoga.  Students who complete the YTT program in Tempe, Arizona, choose to offer what they’ve learned as teachers, to the community at large; others simply wish to use these tools for personal growth on many levels.

Looking For A Way To Better Express Yourself? Become A Yoga Teacher!

Discover & Embrace the Spirit of Yoga, the state-of-the-art auxiliary classroom and yoga studio of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), a nationally accredited college and community healing center committed to helping individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.  Spirit of Yoga, also known as SOY, embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches our students how to ‘Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Soul’ through what they call Unity Yoga!

Unity Yoga strives to teach an authentic expression of yoga with a transformational approach, honoring a diversity of practices and belief systems. Their Yoga Teacher Training Programs are based on the principle that yoga is a unifying tool for creating health, well-being and a deep spiritual connection. Their commitment is to provide structure, yet educational freedom, so all may find their own truth, while incorporating a ‘living yoga’ approach to their lives.  Because they want you to be able to experience the Spirit of Yoga, Financial Aid is available to those who qualify!

What do you envision as Your Yoga Career Path?  You could start your own Yoga Practice, in a studio of your very own!  You could work in a few already established yoga studios or gyms, possibly having a specialty—such as Yoga Nidra or Hatha Gong!  You might decide to work in a resort yoga setting, with people who take yoga retreats.  Whatever the case, here you will discover which yoga career path is right for you.  We’ll help you plan a successful yoga career journey starting today…

No matter what Yoga Teacher Training Program you enroll in, all of their students and graduates receive committed support as they take their gifts out into the world in a loving and profitable way, through “Our Success Center.”  You will feel well equipped to obtain your goals and dreams as you head out into the job market, whether you are looking to be an entrepreneur or find a job in a well-established yoga practice or facility.

Spirit of Yoga’s intention is to provide a sanctuary to those who seek yoga as a path to self-realization and celebrate the personal-spiritual connection inherent within the practice of yoga.  They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their gifts and graces so long as there is an openness to grow, mind, body and spirit.

Sit in on a live class – on them, or take a Yoga Studio Class of your choice!

Use a Guest Pass for a YTT Class, to observe what Spirit of Yoga’s education is all about!

Hatha Gong Yoga at Spirit of Yoga

As a Video Producer and Media Specialist for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I get the rare honor and opportunity to witness a lot of really interesting things; full sessions of Hypnotherapy (amazing), Transformational Life Coaching, Auriculotherapy with KC Miller, Toe Reading/Soul Coaching (absolutely beautiful), Aromatherapy Therapeutic Touch, Neurolinguistic Programming, Baby Massage (way cute), Whole Foods Cooking (yummy leftovers), and the creation of a Yoga Wall right before my eyes, to name a few.  As the resident ‘fly on the wall’, I could tell you a few things about the content of some of the videos I’ve shot. A better idea would be to take the class and get the DVD for yourself.

Also as part of my job, I get the opportunity to take photographs at and around SWIHA for marketing and for Online Education, as well as portraits of the beautiful souls who work here when needed for the web sites or to post in the Student Services reception area.

Before beginning a candid video or photo shoot, one of my usual modus operandi is to announce, “I am invisible!”  Believe it or not, it often works and I can move about rolling video or snapping pics without as much as a glance.  If Harry Potter’s cloak was real, this would be what it must feel like. I am often sprawling out on the floor or contorting myself into corners to get ‘the shot’ and no one notices.  So fun!

One experience as of late is sticking in my mind.  I was called upon to take some photos for marketing and promotional purposes of a Hatha Gong Yoga class at Spirit of Yoga.  In yoga I consider myself a novice, although I began practicing many years ago, long before becoming part of SWIHA’s staff.  One of the many yoga philosophies I love is “Always a Practice, Never a Perfect”.  Primarily I have stuck with Classical Hatha, Flow and Power yoga.  I had never been to a Gong class and was not sure what to expect.  I was not sure if I would like the sound of the gong. So in yogic fashion, I left my expectations floating away, like a helium balloon intentionally released into the sky.

With this in mind, I entered the yoga studio for the Hatha Gong photo shoot and set my camera gear in the corner with nary a notice.  The students knew I was there, but they were clearly there to enjoy their yoga experience.  Class began as yoga classes do, with centering, breathing, inner focus and setting of intentions.  Man I heart yoga.

Not long into the class, instructor Duane Armitage struck the gong to seal and deepen the pose that was being held.  Wow.  The tone and vibration was amazing!  As the class continued and I snapped the photos, I could feel how the sound resonated with each individual practitioner around and within the room, and how the varying vibrations that Duane drew out of the gong complimented each different asana.  It is a surprisingly truly beautiful sound; fluid, elastic, like an electromagnetic wave. The gong fully filled and sealed each posture with a soul-filling, resonating tone.  I was in love.

The following Friday I had the opportunity to take my first Kundalini Yoga class taught by Aradhana Kaur.  Absolutely loved it.  Sat Nam! As a wonderful added bonus, Duane Armitage closed the class Shavasana with an astounding Gong Meditation.

Duane is the creator of SOY’s Hatha-Gong class and says the vibration of the Gong assists in moving energy through the body and activating the chakras.  Now that I have seen—and heard–it for myself, I understand.

I can’t wait to take a Hatha Gong class at SOY.  If you haven’t yet tried it, hope you take the opportunity soon!

Namasté!

~Merry L.

As a Video Producer and Media Specialist for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, I get the rare honor and opportunity to witness a lot of really interesting things; full sessions of Hypnotherapy (amazing), Transformational Life Coaching, Auriculotherapy with KC Miller, Toe Reading/Soul Coaching (absolutely beautiful), Aromatherapy Therapeutic Touch, Neurolinguistic Programming, Baby Massage (way cute), Whole Foods Cooking (yummy leftovers), and the creation of a Yoga Wall right before my eyes, to name a few.  As the resident ‘fly on the wall’, I could tell you a few things about the content of some of the videos I’ve shot. A better idea would be to take the class and get the DVD for yourself.

Also as part of my job, I get the opportunity to take photographs at and around SWIHA for marketing and for Online Education, as well as portraits of the beautiful souls who work here when needed for the web sites or to post in the Student Services reception area.

Before beginning a candid video or photo shoot, one of my usual modus operandi is to announce, “I am invisible!”  Believe it or not, it often works and I can move about rolling video or snapping pics without as much as a glance.  If Harry Potter’s cloak was real, this would be what it must feel like. I am often sprawling out on the floor or contorting myself into corners to get ‘the shot’ and no one notices.  So fun!

One experience as of late is sticking in my mind.  I was called upon to take some photos for marketing and promotional purposes of a Hatha Gong Yoga class at Spirit of Yoga.  In yoga I consider myself a novice, although I began practicing many years ago, long before becoming part of SWIHA’s staff.  One of the many yoga philosophies I love is “Always a Practice, Never a Perfect”.  Primarily I have stuck with Classical Hatha, Flow and Power yoga.  I had never been to a Gong class and was not sure what to expect.  I was not sure if I would like the sound of the gong. So in yogic fashion, I left my expectations floating away, like a helium balloon intentionally released into the sky.

With this in mind, I entered the yoga studio for the Hatha Gong photo shoot and set my camera gear in the corner with nary a notice.  The students knew I was there, but they were clearly there to enjoy their yoga experience.  Class began as yoga classes do, with centering, breathing, inner focus and setting of intentions.  Man I heart yoga.Not long into the class, instructor Duane Armitage struck the gong to seal and deepen the pose that was being held.  Wow.  The tone and vibration was amazing!  As the class continued and I snapped the photos, I could feel how the sound resonated with each individual practitioner around and within the room, and how the varying vibrations that Duane drew out of the gong complimented each different asana.  It is a surprisingly truly beautiful sound; fluid, elastic, like an electromagnetic wave. The gong fully filled and sealed each posture with a soul-filling, resonating tone.  I was in love.

The following Friday I had the opportunity to take my first Kundalini Yoga class taught by Aradhana Kaur.  Absolutely loved it.  Sat Nam! As a wonderful added bonus, Duane Armitage closed the class Shavasana with an astounding Gong Meditation.

Duane is the creator of SOY’s Hatha-Gong class and says the vibration of the Gong assists in moving energy through the body and activating the chakras.  Now that I have seen—and heard–it for myself, I understand.

I can’t wait to take a Hatha Gong class at SOY.  If you haven’t yet tried it, hope you take the opportunity soon!

Namasté!

~Merry L.